5 Luke Spencer-Gardner
5 - Luke Spencer-Gardner
Height: 6-1
Year: So.
Hometown: Melbourne, Australia
Position: G
Previous School: Box Hill Sr. Sec.

Birthdate: 6/26/80

Parents: Graham & Maureen

Sister: Angela (25)

Brother: David (27)

Major: Pre-Physical Therapy

Also Recruited By: Evansville, Niagara, Morehead State

OUTLOOK - Aussie native enters fourth season as ORU's starting point

guard ... Poised to become the school's all-time assist leader, as he

needs 65 to tie Arnold Dugger's school-record of 501 ... The top

returning assist-man in the conference (5.9 apg last season) ...

Generally regarded as the best defensive guard in the Mid-Con and

arguably one of the best in NCAA Division I ... Typically guards

opponents best offensive guard, but has also been used to defend players

as tall as 6-8 ... Shows tremendous hustle every contest ... Will dive

for loose balls, take charges and take charge on the floor ... Good

3-point shooter (.402 career pct.), as evidenced by his 8-of-10

performance against Southern Utah as a sophomore... Ranks ninth (41.9

percent in 2000-01) and 10th (41.3 percent in 2001-02) respectively on

ORU's single-season 3-point percentage chart ... Has 132 career

3-pointers, ranking sixth on the school's career list ... One of the

league's most durable, having played 40 or more minutes 16 times in his

career ... ORU student council member.

JUNIOR (2002-03) - Ranked 26th nationally and second in the Mid-Con by

averaging 5.9 assists per game ... His 164 assists ranked fifth on the

school's single-season list and were the most by an ORU player since

Haywoode Workman dished out 188 in 1986-87 before continuing his career

in the NBA ... Had career-high of 11 assists twice (at Tennessee State

and in the win over SMU) and three others with nine ... Can score when

called on, as evidenced by his 15 double-figure games (ORU was 13-2 in

those contests) ... Career-High 30 points (11-22 FG, 3-7 3-pt, 5-8 FT)

in home loss to UMKC ... Had 25 points at Chicago State, 22 against

Southern Utah and a 21-point, 7-assist effort against Maryland-Baltimore

County ... Led ORU to a 76-64 win over SEC foe Arkansas, scoring 19

points and dishing eight assists against the Razorbacks ... First career

double-double at Tennessee State (16 points, 11 assists) ... Led the

Mid-Con in Free Throw Percentage (.852, 115-of-135) and Assist-Turnover

Ratio (2.52)... Ranked 9th in the league with a .373 3-point percentage


SOPHOMORE (2001-02) - Became one of only three players in school history

to drain at least 50 3-pointers and dish out over 150 assists in a

season (Tim Gill and Eric Perry the others) ... Started all 31 games,

leading the team and ranking second in the Mid-Con with 5.03 assists per

game ... Averaged 6.50 assists per contest during conference action ...

Also led the Mid-Con in 3-point percentage in conference games only

(.475, 28-of-59) ... Scored in double-figures 14 times, including four

straight in mid-to-late January ... One of those contests was his then

career-high 29-point effort in an overtime home loss to Southern Utah

... In that game, he hit a career-best 8-of-10 3-pointers and had six

rebounds in a career-high 45 minutes of action ... Also

contributed 20 points and 5 assists at IUPUI (2/9/02)... Had 13 points,

seven rebounds, seven assists and held eventual Mid-Con Player of the

Year Lubos Barton to just eight points in loss at Valparaiso (1/17/02)

... Had then career-high nine assists against IUPUI (1/10/02), when he

also scored four of his nine points at the free throw line in the final

minute to hold off the visiting Jaguars ... Hit an overtime-forcing

3-pointer with three seconds left in regulation and finished with 17

points in the 73-66 OT loss to Tulsa ... Followed with 18 points, five

rebounds and six assists in the 87-71 win over Tennessee State ... Had

17 points and eight assists in 73-68 loss to Drake ... Tied team-high

scoring honors with 13 points in the 3rd-place victory over

Florida International in the San Juan Shootout.

FRESHMAN (2000-01) - Was somewhat of a surprise to the coaching staff as

a 20-year old freshman, performing like a veteran most of the season ...

Led the team and ranked fourth in the Mid-Con in assists (4.00) ...

Ranked fifth in the league in 3-pt FG% (.419) ... Led ORU and ranked

eighth in the Mid-Con in steals (1.38) ... Scored 19 points and handed

out six assists in first collegiate game, an 87-83 upset win over Big 12

foe Nebraska in the season-opener ... Had a career-high six steals

against Western Illinois ... Scored in double-figures 12 times,

including a then career-high 21-point effort in a 91-73 loss at Southern

Utah ... Drilled a then career-high five 3-pointers in seven attempts

against the T-Birds ... Also scored 11 points and dished out eight

assists against the T-Birds in the semifinals of the Mid-Con Tournament

... Had 10 points and initially set career-high with nine assists in

86-84 win at Western Illinois.

HIGH SCHOOL - Attended Box Hill Senior Secondary School where he played

for head coach Darren Perry ... Was chosen as the Box Hill Sportsman of

the Year in 1997 and 1998 ... Earned All-State honors in 1998 ...

Averaged 17 points, 4.0 rebounds and 6.0 assists in high school ... Led

his team to a second-place finish nationally in 1998 ... Was a member of

the U-18 Australian National Team in 1998 and the U-20 team in 1999 ...

Helped the National Team win a World Championship in Portugal in 1999.